Is Arsenal's strength in depth of talented youngsters with first team experience going to help them finally end their long wait for a trophy?
Arsenal have been continually in the transfer columns this summer and with good reason to. Despite the apparent luring of 2 of their star performers last season in Van Persie and Song; the Gunners have also added considerable strength in depth to their side.
The signing of Lukas Podolski is the signing of a proven quality performer, Olivier Giroud is a promising striker and Santi Cazorla is an inspired signing by Wenger.
But if Arsenal are going to finally end the drought for silverware a huge part will have to be played by Arsenal’s youngsters; the ‘Young Gunners’.
Arsenal have a good record of signing talented youngsters and bringing them through the youth academy. Cesc Fabregas springs to mind and current established first teamers Wojciech Szczesny, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey.
Next season a solid spine is becoming clear at Arsenal with a confident keeper, growing defensive partnership in Koscielny and Vermaelen and the impressive Mikel Arteta holding things together in the midfield but help will be required.
With a long season, with many a game to be played across several competitions Arsenal now will look even more to players such as Kieran Gibbs, Emmanuel Frimpong and Henri Lansbury to aid in their quest for silverware.
With the league cup a consistent breeding ground for their talent, players like the ones mentioned and Ignasi Miquel, Francis Coquelin, Conor Henderson and Carl Jenkinson will have the chance to show off their progress in competitive game time against strong opposition.
Pre-season has also seen impressive performances from Kyle Bartley, Nico Yennaris and Thomas Eisfeld; I am probably forgetting someone but the overwhelming fact is Arsenal have a considerable amount of young talent.
With the wealth of young talent available Arsene can keep his players fresher for longer, regarding injuries, surely Arsenal can’t suffer the same amount of injury problems as last season? With the new cover available the youngsters won’t be expected to play week in week out; as they had to for large parts at the start of last season.
This season could be the year Arsenal break the jinx; they will struggle to surpass the Manchester clubs at the top of the Premier League but the FA Cup? League Cup? Champions League? With the strength in depth available due to Wenger’s trust in his young players in the past Arsenal are suited to fight on all fronts this season; maximising their chances to win something.
I think they will do it? What do you think?
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